Bin Laden Dead: Curb Your Enthusiasm

May 2, 2011

On the surface, the news is what we’ve all been waiting to hear for nearly 10 years: Osama bin Laden, the founder of the jihadist terror organization al-Qaeda and the monster behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the 9/11 attack on the US is dead.

All devout Americans celebrate his departure from this light and his descending directly into the bowels of hell.  Michelle Malkin has done her usual stellar job in listing some of bin Laden’s most dastardly deeds, in addition to 9/11. No person with a soul will miss the vicious bastard.

But before we declare today a national holiday, let’s take stock in some additional points that should be taken into consideration:

  • In a report from, as of last week-end, 4683 American soldiers have died in the combined conflagrations in Iraq and Afghanistan since the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) on October 7, 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom (beginning with the invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003).  This does not take into consideration the number of deaths to coalition soldiers from other countries fighting in support of US Troops.
  • According to a March 29th report from the Congressional Research Service, Congress has approved a total of $1.283 trillion for military operations, base security, reconstruction, foreign aid, embassy costs, and veterans’ health care for the three operations initiated since the 9/11 attacks: Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Afghanistan and other counter terror operations; Operation Noble Eagle (ONE), providing enhanced security at military bases; and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). This estimate assumes that the current CR level continues through the rest of the year and that agencies allocate reductions proportionately.

Looking at the above, bin Laden’s death comes with a mighty high price tag. But it shows the world, that the United States will not shrink away from a fight when we’ve been attacked. And whether it’s Afghanistan, Pakistan or Any-other-stan, you can’t hide indefinitely.

With the completion of the bin Laden mission, many will deem it time for American troops to leave the region. However, former President Bush added to the agenda as we moved forward. That goal was to establish a democracy in the middle-east region in hopes of creating some level of stability the region. Whether this was his Achilles heel, an idiot’s folly or a shrewd move will be debated for years. The bottom line is American troops are still there and will most likely still be in harm’s way in the middle east for years to come.

The Bottom Line:

When America was attacked at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, most of the Japanese celebrated their victorious moment. Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was the only one who saw the bigger, more ominous picture as he (reportedly) said, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

Osama bin Laden has now learned the meaning of the term “Terrible Resolve.”  However, we would be fools if we didn’t acknowledge that Muslim extremists are also filled with a terrible resolve now that bin Laden is dead. It would not surprise me if the word goes out from whoever no leads al-Qaeda, to seek revenge on the United States for bin Laden’s death. And the options they could possibly have in their possession already  include dirty bombs, nuclear weapons and who knows what kind of chemical poisons. Perhaps worse, given the porous American border (thank you Congress, Presidents Bush and Obama), these weapons could already be in place in numerous locations around the United States… perhaps even in your town or city.

Now, more than ever,  we need a true leader in the White House, one with the kind of experience and ability to make the right decisions in a timely manner. If President Obama was ever looking for the chance to prove his leadership capabilities, that opportunity now lies at his feet.

I’m glad the monster (bin Laden) is dead. But we’re a long way from being safe, my friends.

Gerry Ashley

Bipartisan Commission Gives Obama “F”

January 26, 2010

 Obama Gets “F” For Failing To Protect U.S. From Bio-Terror 

"It's Not About Me..."

 President Obama’s failure as POTUS is now documented by a bipartison commission. In an article published today on  Fox News,  Judith Miller writes:

 In a 19-page report card being published Tuesday, the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism, chaired by former Senators Bob Graham, a Democrat from Florida, and Jim Talent, a Missouri Republican, gives the new administration the grade of “F” for failing to take key steps the commission outlined just over a year ago in its initial report.

Say, isn’t that a rather important part of his job? Maybe if he wasn’t spending so much time:  

  • Picking Czars and Czardines in order to bypass those pesky Senate confirmation hearings 
  • Trying to spend us into oblivion with a pork-riddled stimulus package nobody read before signing 
  • Nationalizing banks and automakers
  • Scheming behind closed doors how to force-feed us a Health Care Reform program the vast majority don’t want
  • Attempting to shove Cap and Trade down our throats
  • Traveling around the world embarassing us with the SAY WHAT tour (Symbolic All-Year World Healing Apology Tour)
  • Reminding us in speech after speech that it’s not about him…

 …perhaps he’d have had time to follow the recommendations that were provided to him last year: 

Specifically, the commission concludes that the Obama administration… has failed to pay consistent and urgent attention to increasing the nation’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to a germ attack that would inflict massive casualties on the nation. 

In fairness, the commission faults the past three administrations (Both Bush administrations and the Clinton Administration) for having “failed to pay consistent and urgent attention to increasing the nation’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to a germ attack that would inflict massive casualties on the nation.”

  But Obama’s administration was the first to have the benefit of a report with recommendations to be followed. None of the recommendations were acted on.

 In, perhaps, the most chilling condemnation of the report, the commission states:

“[U]nless nations acted decisively and urgently, it was more likely than not that a WMD will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013, and that the terrorists’ weapon of choice would be biological, rather than nuclear.” 

The commission cited how the Obama administration’s delayed response to the H1N1 virus demonstrated that the U.S. was “woefully behind in its ability to rapidly produce rapidly vaccines and therapeutics, essential steps for adequately responding to a biological threat, whether natural or man-made.” 

The report also mentioned that, even though Obama’s administration had time to prepare, the epidemic peaked “before most Americans had access to vaccine.” Considering that a bio-terrorist attack would likely provide no warning, this is not very comforting.

 I doubt we’ll hear POTUS address this during his State of the Union message. 

 Several days ago, while addressing a jobs and economic town hall meeting in Elyria, Ohio, President Obama insisted, ‘It’s not about me, folks…” as he repeatedly referred to himself throughout what amounted to just another empty campaign speech. 

 Well, when it comes to failing to protect our country, it IS about you, Mr. President.  Read the report. And this is one failure you can’t try to palm off on George W. Bush. That dog just won’t hunt anymore.

 This report is all about you, Mr. President.

 Gerry Ashley

Obama To McChrystal: “Shut Up And Obey!”

October 5, 2009
General Stanley McChrystal Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A)

General Stanley McChrystal

Alex Spillius writes on today’s London Telegraph, that the recent speech in London made by the Commander of Nato Forces, General Stanley A.  McChrystal “enraged”  US-OJT (On-the-Job-Training) President Barack Obama.  

I”m not exactly sure what Obama’s point of reference was. I mean, let’s be brutally honest here. In the war arena, I think a fair and unbiased comparison of credentials will give General McChrystal a slight advantage over President Obama. Let’s just see:

  • On one hand (according to Wikipedia), General McChrystal is the current Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A). He previously served as Director, Joint Staff from August 2008 to June 2009 and as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command from 2003 to 2008, where he was credited with the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. He assumed his current assignment on June 15, 2009. His father was Major General Herbert McChrystal. He was the fourth child in a family of five boys and a girl, all of whom would serve or marry into the military.  
  • On the other hand, while researching Barack Obama’s military experience, about the only thing I was able to uncover was that he once had a friend who had a GI Joe lunch box. 

So who do you feel more confident with when it comes to running the war in Afghanistan? Yet Obama reportedly threw a major hissy-fit over General McChrystal’s comments in London which prompted him to order the General to meet with him aboard Air Force One on the Copenhagen tarmack.

According to the article on The Telegraph:

In London, Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against al-Qaeda.

He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe Biden, would lead to “Chaos-istan”.

When asked whether he would support it, he said: “The short answer is: No.”

He went on to say: “Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely, and nor will public support.”

Let me make this short and sweet. Obama and many other members of the left were quick to criticize the Intelligence gathering skills of the Bush administration.

Yet, it would appear that Obama’s intelligence wasn’t even up to the task of determining there was no point to fly to Copenhagen to lobby for the 2016 Olymics in Chicago.

Count me as one American who thinks this is one time President Mmm-Mmm-Mmm Barack Hussein Obama should mmm-maybe check his ego at the tent and listen carefully to what General McChrystal has to say.

But don’t count on it.  

Gerry Ashley

Agnosticism – Time is Running Out

November 15, 2008

Take a look at the “Resources and References” links below and to the right. Browse through the “Significant Terrorist Incidents 1961 – 2003“. No really, take your time. Now think of the pathetic legacies of Tim McVeigh and Jim Jones. And of course there’s the insane horror of 9/11. With that as a backdrop, what are we going to do as a culture?

Let me backtrack… Many moons ago, I was a struggling engineering student. Where others (far more gifted than I) could attend class and lab and do quite well, I had to relentlessly pester my teaching assistants for help. The T.A.s were folks working on their Masters in Electrical Engineering and were brilliant. They weren’t bright, they were brilliant. (They were the guys who thought Algebra and Trig were childish, and Calculus III was a sodden exercise into the intuitively obvious.) I remember three teacher assistants in particular – two were friends from India and one (Jim) was a local guy.

And as the labs grew longer, the inevitable debates concerning God grew hotter. One camp couldn’t beleive anyone could be crazy enough to believe that a being could be crucified and then rise, and the other questioned how there could be “levels of existence.” And so it went. Each had their ancient sacred texts, and each had their own “obviously true” explanations. There were no allegories involved. This was a knock down drag out fight between geniuses each armed with his own proof.

That was when I began to question the objective ability to understand the “Mind of God”. How was it three geniuses could be so silly? Many years later I was to “armchair study” astronomy and get just the slightest glimpse of the magnitude of the universe… Ummm… “Sacred Texts” don’t quite pass muster. In fact, if anything, they’re rather insulting in the grand scheme of things.

So here’s where we’re at as I see it.

  • All religions are pathetically out of touch with reality.
  • Our best modern religion (science) still has a very long way to go.
  • Atheism is silly in that the concept of God is extraordinarily complex. (I’ll make a deal with all you atheists out there… You explain one second before the Big Bang and we’ll talk.)

And where does all this leave us? It leaves us in a world increasingly populated with folks earning their Masters and PhDs in things like Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics who are thoroughly convinced that they understand “The Mind of God”. Ultimately, a few will act on those convictions, and when just one of them does, he will make the insanity of McVeigh, Jones, and the beasts of 9/11 look anemic.

Sorry guys… I’m an engineer. I went to school with some of these religious ideologue types… We need to put religion behind us post haste.

Alan Speakman

The Harsh Truth About the Next Attack on America

September 12, 2008

Yesterday, we marked the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  There are several key questions about those attacks deeply embedded in the minds of most Americans; questions we subconsciously try to avoid, but must face:

  1. WILL there be another terrorist strike?
  2. If so, WHEN?
  3. WHAT form will it take?
  4. Has our government taken the necessary steps to PREVENT ANOTHER STRIKE?

With all due respect to the Presidential candidates of both of the major political parties, these questions are, at least in my mind, far more important than what happens when you put lipstick on a pig

Not only is it necessary to address the above questions, they also need to be foremost in the minds of anyone hoping to serve this nation as President–or any position in the U. S. government. It is the duty of our government officials to address the questions, and it is our duty as citizens to hold our govermnent accountable for their actions or lack thereof. For purposes of discussion, however, let me answer the above questions as succinctly as possible.

  1. Yes, I believe it is inevitable that another attack will take place. 
  2. Determining when is impossible without having an informer or inside source, but consider the past: The first attack on the World Trade Center was in February 1993. It was more than eight years before the follow-up attacks of September 11, 2001. Unlike most Americans, who tend to be impatient, terrorist cells are very patient and willing to take the time necessary to plan every detail of an attack and to cause their targets to be lulled back into a state of complacency.  
  3. What form the attack will take is anyone’s guess, but there are numerous scenarios. However, it’s time to educate ourselves as to just how vulnerable we have become. Marvin Cetron, a U.S. Navy Intelligence expert whose prediction of using a commercial jet as a weapon by terrorists was ordered struck from a report generated for the government in 1993-1994, has published a sobering report of the kinds of attacks we may be susceptable to. PLEASE NOTE: This link to the Forecasting International Study of 10 Possible Prime Terrorist Targets was prepared by Dr. Cetron for the Pentagon and is not Classified. It is, however, very powerful. It was published on Newsmax at the behest of Dr. Cetron because (in his words), “I no longer worry about giving the bad guys ideas. Ordinary citizens need to know where the dangers [lie].”
  4. We can only assume that the government has taken many measures to head off future terrorist attacks. The fact that there has not been a major successful attack in this country since 2001 is proof that the government has been successful. There are at least 17 Documented Cases of attempted terrorist acts prevented between September 2001 and September 2007.

However, there is only so much the government can do to protect a country as wide-open and free as the United States. Indeed, our very freedom is the weakness best exploited by terrorists.  This is why it is absolutely unconscionable that so little has been done to seal and monitor our borders with both Mexico and Canada. Even with funding appropriated for a complex fence that would be coupled with electronic surveilance, both political parties have been guilty of dragging their heels in carrying out the will of the people. If the security of our country is to be our top concern, this needs to be addressed immediately–if it’s not already too late.

It is our duty as Americans to support the efforts of our government in continuing to thwart future terrorist acts on our soil. This is where it’s important to remember that “We – the people” are the government. Members of Congress and Homeland Security as wll as ALL government agencies are our employees. It is up to us to make sure they are held accountable in doing their jobs.

Putting it all into perspective: It would be wise for both presidential campaigns to start discussing more important issues than animal make-up as we head towards the November 4th elections.

Gerry Ashley

And the Muslim World Wonders Why the Rest of US have Our Doubts…

August 19, 2008

Take a look at the BBC RSS drop as of 5:30PM EST, 8/19/08…

A typical BBC RSS '08 drop down

A typical BBC RSS

Look at the number of Islamic-based attacks and the descriptions from the articles themselves where needed…

  • Afghan ambush kills French troops
  • Bombing kills dozens in Algeria: “Algeria has suffered regular attacks blamed on militants linked to al-Qaeda.”
  • Pakistan hospital bomb kills many: “The region has a history of Shia-Sunni tensions.”
  • Car explodes at Turkey checkpoint: “It was not immediately clear who might be behind the attack, though Islamist militants, Kurdish and leftist guerrillas have all carried out bomb attacks in Turkey in the past.”

Obviously, this post has been told a thousand times before, but it’s simply getting to the point where bloggers have given up and moved on. There is something broken in Islam, or the mainstream practitioners would have long ago been screaming from the rooftops for a reformation.

Is Islam the only religion that’s fouled up? Of course not, Christianity and Judaism are twisted too. (That’s just one of the beauties of being an agnostic… I get to be an equal-opportunity cynic.) But while boatloads of practitioners of all three religions have been getting the short end of the stick, it’s only the radical Muslims who have reached the conclusion that C4 aimed at innocents is the answer. Meanwhile, their “moderate” brethren look the other way.

Yup, yup, yup… You’ve all heard this a gazillion times before. I probably shouldn’t have wasted my time (or yours) with this post. I just thought the RSS drop down spoke volumes.

Alan Speakman